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NYGH Online Meetings

What is an online meeting? How do I do it? Our meetings are going online, but don't worry - they're easy to do! - and we are offering greatly reduced membership fees for the 2020/21 season. In these difficult times, weaving and community are important supports for us.

With so many people working from home these days, you may have heard of Zoom, a video conferencing application similar to Skype and Facetime. If you have a smartphone, iPad/tablet, laptop, or computer, you‘ll be able to join an online meeting using Zoom. And it really is easy-to-use, which is why everyone is now Zooming!

Before our events, members will be sent an email explaining how to join the online meeting. Inside the email will be a "Join Zoom meeting" link which will take you to the meeting when you click on it. If you've never done a Zoom meeting before, you will be prompted, step by step, on how to join.

And we're going to give you lots of practice! To make sure our members have a positive experience, we are hosting two online Show & Tell meetings this summer that will function as Zoom tutorials and give everyone the opportunity to get comfortable with online meetings. Mark your calendars for our Show & Tells on July 25 and August 22nd (12 noon to 2pm).

These Show & Tell meetings are for NYGH members only, so make sure you sign up soon, or renew your membership! If you or your friends would like to join our Guild, we have reduced our 2020/21 annual membership fees to $20 - and just $5 for students. This is great value! Our upcoming season includes two presentations in the autumn and four in the winter and spring:

September 26, 2020  Online Meeting

“Helena Hernmarck: Archiving a Master Tapestry Artist“ presented by Mae Colburn, a writer, researcher, and educator who has worked alongside Helena Hernmarck since 2015, both as studio assistant and as archivist documenting Hernmarck’s nearly sixty-year career.

October 31, 2020  Online Meeting

“Velvet Weaving: A Worldwide Overview of Contemporary Hand Weaving Practice” presented by Barbara Setsu Pickett, Associate Professor Emeritus in Art, University of Oregon. Dr Pickett, a Fulbright scholar, has received numerous awards including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Turkish Studies, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

January 30, 2021

“Texture in the Art of Anni and Josef Albers” presented by Fritz Horstman, the Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004.

February 27, 2021

“The Weaving Culture of Sweden” presented by Sally Orgren, the editor of Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot magazine, produced by the Handweavers Guild of America. Sally has exhibited, won awards, and written about weaving and related topics throughout her more than thirty years of producing fiber art.

March 20, 2021

“Split Shed Tied Beiderwand” presented by Deborah Silver. In 2018, Deborah received the Complex Weavers Award and First Place at Complexity 2018, a biennial juried international exhibition dedicated to innovations in weaving. She has developed a signature method of hand weaving that allows a 4-shaft loom to weave pictorial imagery, including structures that include variations of twills, tied weaves, double weft-faced weaves, taquete, samitum, Bronson, double weave, lampas, piques, waffle, and more.

April, 24, 2021

“Artworks” presented by Fuyuko Matsubara, who has developed an original weaving technique combining painted warp with painted weft. She grew up in Sapporo, Japan, came to the US to do an MFA in fiber art at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, served at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Senior Restorer, and has taught fiber and textile art courses in numerous institutions.

A final note: the Guild has not yet decided whether or not we will host online meetings for the entire season; however, the health of our members is of the utmost importance in our decisions. Watch this blog for further information. We wish you good health and happy weaving during these difficult times.


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